Winter events at Penobscot Marine

Dec 13, 2013
Pictured is a hooked rug by Stacey Van Dyne, one of several artisans who will demonstrate the craft this winter at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport.

Searsport — This winter, Penobscot Marine Museum will host a series of workshops and demonstrations with the theme of its winter exhibition “Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks.”

The series begins Saturday, Dec. 21, with a rug-hooking demonstration with Sarah Nickerson from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nickerson comes from a family of talented rug hookers, and she hooks and sells her rugs in Searsport at the Rug Rat.

Stacey Van Dyne will demonstrate rug hooking Saturday, Jan. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Van Dyne has been hooking rugs since 1974 and hooked two rugs for Jamie Wyeth based on his paintings. She is the president of the Northern McGown Teacher’s Workshop, second vice president of the National Guild of Pearl K. McGown Hookrafters and Director at Large of the North American Rug Hooking Museum.

Captains Earl and Bonnie MacKenzie will present a talk titled Living on the Schooner Bonnie Lynn Saturday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. In 2005, they did a trans-Atlantic crossing in the Bonnie Lynn from the Virgin Islands, via the Azores to Ireland and Scotland, then south along the coast of Portugal. On the return trip to the Caribbean, they stopped in Madeira and the Canaries before returning to the Grenadines. Their homeport is Islesboro.

Susan Barnard will demonstrate rug hooking Saturday, Feb. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Barnard has been hooking rugs since 2008.  Before that she was a painter and so she thinks of rug hooking as painting with wool.  She designs all of her own rugs and uses recycled fabric and non-toxic dyes.

All events take place in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main St./Route 1. Events are free with admission, which is $5 — free for museum members and Searsport residents.

“Underfoot: Footwear, Hooked Rugs, In the Cellar and Below Decks” runs through Feb. 22.  Museum Gallery, Shop and Framer hours are Thursdays through Saturdays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call-548-2529 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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